Christian Horner Inquiry To Be Resolved Ahead of Bahrain GP

Ahead of the F1 season starting in Bahrain, we will see the outcome of the investigation of Red Bull's team principal, Christian Horner.

Mark Phelan

By Mark Phelan
Updated on March 4, 2024

Christian Horner Investigation

The investigation into Red Bull’s team principal Christian Horner, who is accused of misconduct, is expected to conclude before the Bahrain Grand Prix, marking the start of the 2024 season.

In early February, allegations of misconduct against Horner by a female colleague prompted Red Bull GmbH, the team’s Austrian parent company, to initiate an investigation. A specialist barrister conducted the external investigation, including an interview with Horner on February 9, which is reportedly finished.

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Despite denying the allegations, Horner participated in the 2024 car launch and pre-season testing in Bahrain. The investigation’s findings, detailed in a report of over 100 pages, are now under review by Red Bull GmbH’s board to decide Horner’s future within the team.

Initially, a decision was anticipated by Tuesday or Wednesday, but by Tuesday noon, it was clear that a resolution would not be reached within the expected timeframe.

The Formula 1 community gathers in Bahrain on Wednesday for media day, leading to Saturday’s season-opening race. Horner is expected to travel back to Bahrain on Wednesday.

The issue has become public, with the Dutch media frequently reporting on it, yet a detailed public disclosure on Horner’s future is not anticipated due to confidentiality concerns.

Having led Red Bull since its 2005 F1 debut, Horner is the sport’s longest-serving team principal, with numerous titles under his leadership. The situation has drawn comments from rivals, emphasising its significance for Formula 1. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has expressed a desire for a swift resolution.

During a press conference, Horner, maintaining it was “business as usual” for the team, refrained from commenting on the investigation. The decision-making now rests with Red Bull GmbH, separate from the racing team’s management.

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Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Mark is a staff writer specialising in the history of Formula 1 races. Mark researches most of our historic content from teams to drivers and races. He has followed Formula 1 since 1988, and admits to having a soft spot for British drivers from James Hunt and Nigel Mansell to Lando Norris. He loves a great F1 podcast and has read pretty much every drivers biography.

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